We present the preliminary results of a study involving a group of consecutive patients who underwent lower border onlay grafting, limited to the symphyseal area, in preparation for implant insertion. This technique allows for maximum-sized implants, followed by prosthetic rehabilitation. The main advantage of this method is the minimal risk of damage to the mental nerve. Sixteen patients were followed for a period of 6 months to 4 years and all were free of neurosensory disturbances. Eight had a removable overdenture placed and were satisfied with the result. This surgical approach allows the patient to wear their dentures during the healing period. A further advantage of lower border grafting over intraoral upper border grafting is that mucosal dehiscences are not seen.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2014|
- Atrophic mandible
- Dental implants
- Lower border bone augmentation
- Preimplant surgery